In Baltimore City
5-year-old boy shot in the left hand while playing in his house
A 5-year-old Northwest Baltimore boy was shot in the hand yesterday while he and a 9-year-old boy played with a handgun in the victim's apartment, police said.
George Dangerfield of the 3900 block of Groveland Ave. in Arlington and the other boy were playing with a .22-caliber handgun in the living room about 10:30 a.m. when the weapon fired and a bullet struck George in the left hand. He was treated at Sinai Hospital and released, police said.
They said the victim's mother and stepfather were home at the time. Darrell Nue, 30, the stepfather, was charged with failure to prevent a minor from gaining access to a firearm, police said.
Circus show to benefit UM Hospital for Children
The University of Maryland Hospital for Children in conjunction with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold a fund-raiser March 8 to benefit the children of the hospital. "A Night of Circus Fun" will include a VIP reception and a performance by the circus.
Tickets are $50, and proceeds will benefit the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Information: 410-328-4438.
Museum of Industry offers 'Camp Widget' for children
Parents can enroll children in "Camp Widget," the Baltimore Museum of Industry's summer program for ages 8 to 12. Four one-week sessions run July 16 through Aug. 10. Children will play with gadgets to understand how they work. They also will be taught concepts of history, economics, sociology and invention.
Registration is $180 a week until June 1 and $200 a week after that date. The camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earlier and later hours are available. Early drop-off is at 7:30 a.m. and costs an extra $40. Later pickup is at 6 p.m. and also costs an additional $40.
Information: Laurie Levitt, the program's reservations coordinator, 410-727-4808, Ext. 117.
Paul's Place benefit gala scheduled for March 30
Paul's Place Outreach Center, a nonprofit organization serving Washington Village, will sponsor "March Magic," a benefit dinner and auction, at 6:30 p.m. March 30 at Grand Lodge, 304 International Circle in Cockeysville. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat representing Maryland's 3rd District, will be honored for his role in creating opportunities for residents of Southwest Baltimore. Tickets cost $125.
Last year, the gala raised $55,000 for Paul's Place programs, including providing food and clothing for the poor, helping to enroll people in Narcotics Anonymous and providing literacy training. Tickets: 410-823-9478.
Free orientations offered for employment program
Maryland New Directions' Starting Over Program, at 611 Park Ave., is offering free program orientations at 1 p.m. every Tuesday next month designed to help the unemployed and underemployed obtain jobs.
Program options include basic and intermediate computer classes, a job club support group and new career path workshops. Information: 410-230-0630.
In Baltimore County
Franklin High seniors win engineering competition
REISTERSTOWN -- Franklin High School seniors Matthew Carter and Bryan Goldner won top honors this month in the 10th annual Engineering Society of Baltimore competition.
A statewide event, the competition requires students to plan, test and construct a model tractor to pull the heaviest load a distance of six inches in less than one minute. Carter and Goldner's tractor pulled the heaviest weight of the day -- 11,000 grams.
Twenty-eight teams from across the state entered the contest.
Overlea students to show the musical 'Mame'
OVERLEA -- Students at Overlea High School will present the musical "Mame" at 7:30 p.m. March 8, 9 and 10 in the school auditorium.
The production's lead characters, Mame Dennis and Vera Charles, will be played by sisters Ashley and Sarah Williams. Sixteen pupils from feeder schools in the Overlea area will participate.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting the school's Creative Arts Department at 410-887-5292.